The Matt Tolentino Band
It's no surprise that an 18-piece dance band like the Singapore Slingers can't always fit into the venues where Matt plays- that's why he frequently calls on smaller combinations to do the job. Mostly known as the Matt Tolentino Band (the occasional pseudonym is sometimes employed), the instrumentation almost always centers around banjo and drums. Most of the time, the Matt Tolentino quartet uses tuba to supply the bass, but occasionally the string bass is used. Many times the band is augmented with another horn player, either a cornet or secondary reed, or sometimes hot violin or fiddle is used.

The Matt Tolentino Band is also available for swing dance engagements. From time to time, we step out of the 1920s and early 1930s and move forward to 'modern times.' While the band's specialty lies in an older generation of music, don't hesitate to call us, should you be looking for later music as well.
The Matt Tolentino band can be seen around Dallas, playing everything from jazz clubs and dances, to corporate events, weddings and house parties. Their music is a lot of fun, an energetic blend of hot music- "rhythms sweet and hot" as Matt would say. The repertoire mostly centers around early 'trad' jazz and pop tunes, the likes of which were heard in New York and Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. Rare gems share the spotlight with the old chestnuts- when the Matt Tolentino Band plays, these great old tunes sound as fresh and exciting as when they were first penned nearly 100 years ago. Their music is guaranteed to get you up out of your seat and out on the dance floor!
The Matt Tolentino Band never fails to give the dancers plenty of hot rhythms to dance to, but one thing Matt always insists on is variety. You can always count on the boys to slip in rhumbas, waltzes, and other varieties in rhythm, just to keep things interesting for the dancers. There are lots of beautiful dance floors to be had in Dallas- including the Kessler Theatre and the Sons of Hermann Hall, and the band hopes to bring our music to each and everyone of them.

The same upbeat rhythm that drives the Singapore Slingers also drives the Matt Tolentino Band-  Michael Plotkin, drummer extraordinaire, can be seen on the bandstand with the Matt Tolentino band. Plotkin is an all around percussionist, and one of the best at what he does- he can play it all from mallet percussion to timpani, classical to jazz, and he is a natural at traditional jazz. He can get more out of a snare and brushes then many drummers can do with a whole kit! In addition to being one fine musician, he is also one of Matt's best friends, and was even a groomsman at Matt's wedding. The drum kit used in the Matt Tolentino Band, as well as the Slingers, is a 1928 Ludwig. Banjo is the weapon of choice in the MTB, and 2 very fine players are used- George Gagliardi, and Scott Whitfield. George is also a fine guitar player and songwriter, and Scott Whitfield is nationally recognized as one of the best banjo players in the country. Last but not least- the tuba. Irwin Arnstein supplies the bass on the tuba, and is a fine player. When he's not puffing away on the big horn, he can be seen playing everything from the trombone to the organ, and even the steam calliope!

When he is not performing with his own ensembles, Matt Tolentino plays throughout Dallas and Ft. Worth as a sideman, always ready to work. Check out Matt's page here on the website for more information...

Interested in booking? Drop a line on the 'Contact' page- the MTB is available for all of your musical needs... from private parties to large festivals (the band is a proud member of AMF Entertainment- the local musician's union).
Upcoming Shows:

December 20th, 2014
Dallas Swing Dance Society
Swing on a String Dance
5-piece Matt Tolentino Band
Lesson at 8:00pm; DSDS member price $5, non-members $8
Sammons Center For The Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219

January 9th, 2015
Private Party

March 28th, 2015
Private Party - Wedding

April 11th, 2015
Nicholson Memorial Library
625 Austin St., Garland, TX 75040